Breast Implants Exchange
What is Breast Implant Exchange?
Breast implant exchange refers to a surgical procedure aimed at replacing existing breast implants. There are various reasons why someone may consider changing the shape or size of their breasts. Breast implant exchange involves the surgical extraction of existing breast implants and exchanging them with new implants.
Who Benefits from Breast Implant Exchange?
Breast implant exchange is suitable for individuals who meet the following criteria:
- Individuals who seek to improve the size, shape, appearance, or feel of their breasts or address complications.
- Women want to replace old saline implants with newer silicone gel implants for a more natural look and feel.
- Good candidates for breast implant revision surgery are healthy, non-smokers who have maintained a stable weight.
Frequently asked questions
Breast implants are not considered lifelong devices and may require replacement at some point. While there is no specific expiration date, it is generally recommended to have regular follow-up examinations with your surgeon to monitor the condition of the implants and discuss the potential need for replacement or removal in the future.
There are several reasons why breast implants may need to be replaced. These include complications such as implant rupture, capsular contracture (scar tissue hardening around the implant), changes in breast appearance or size over time, desire for a different size or type of implant, or to address any other issues or concerns that may arise.
During a breast implant exchange surgery consultation, you will meet with a plastic surgeon to discuss your goals, concerns, and medical history. The surgeon will evaluate the condition of your current implants, discuss options for implant exchange, explain the surgical procedure, address potential risks and complications, and answer any questions you may have.
To prepare for breast implant exchange surgery, you will typically follow your surgeon’s pre-operative instructions, which may include avoiding certain medications, quitting smoking, arranging for someone to drive you home after the procedure, and fasting before surgery. It’s important to closely follow these instructions to ensure a safe and successful surgery.
On the day of breast implant exchange surgery, you will typically arrive at the surgical facility and undergo pre-operative preparations. This may involve changing into a surgical gown, meeting with the surgical team, receiving anesthesia, and then the surgeon will perform the implant exchange procedure, which involves removing the existing implants, addressing any adjustments or revisions needed, and placing the new implants.
During breast implant exchange surgery, the surgeon will make incisions, typically in the same location as the previous surgery, to access the existing implants. The surgeon will then remove the old implants, evaluate the breast pocket, and place new implants of the desired size and type. The incisions are closed, and you will be moved to a recovery area to awaken from anesthesia.
Breast implant exchange surgery recovery involves a healing period that can vary among individuals. Generally, you can expect some swelling, bruising, discomfort, and temporary limitations on activities. It is important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions, including wearing a supportive bra, taking prescribed medications, attending follow-up appointments, and gradually resuming normal activities as advised.
While it is generally recommended to have your breast implants removed by the surgeon who performed the original procedure, it is not a strict requirement. Another qualified and experienced plastic surgeon can also perform implant removal, especially if you have relocated or are unable to consult with the original surgeon. It is important to choose a skilled surgeon who is familiar with implant removal procedures to ensure safe and effective results.
Before & After
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